Energy Industry Fundamentals Curriculum Modules
Energy Industry Fundamentals provides a broad understanding of the electric and natural gas utility industry and the energy generation, transmission, and distribution infrastructure, commonly called the "largest machine in the world," which forms the backbone for the industry. The course includes business models, regulations, types of energy and their conversion to useable energy such as electric power, how generated power is transmitted and distributed to the point of use, emerging technologies, and the connection to careers in the energy industry.
There are seven course modules which may be offered separately or as a certificate program totaling approximately 130 hours of instruction. Five of the modules are designed to be taught in person in a classroom setting (either high school or community college) and include Instructor Guides, Student Guides, and PowerPoint presentations. Modules 6 and 7 are online modules that can be used in a classroom setting, but are also effective for students to explore on their own.
While educational institutions are free to choose their own instructors to teach the modules, it is recommended that they meet the guidelines of the Instructor Profiles provided by CEWD.
The detailed Instructor Guides provide a wealth of hands-on activities, including Labs. It is not expected that instructors will facilitate all of these activities, but instead that they will select the ones that best address the students they are working with, since the course has been developed for a variety of audiences.
Learn more about the Energy Industry Fundamentals Certificate and why your school should apply to become an Approved Course Provider.
NEW! Online Instructor-led Version Now Available
The University of Missouri - Columbia was contracted under the ARRA: Missouri State Energy Sector Partnership and Training grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to develop an online version of this course. In this version, the course includes the initial theoretical content, activities, and tests, as well as scenarios designed to provide context to the content being learned and to be led by an instructor.
This new version is available as a certificate program with a credential awarded to students who pass the final assessment with a score of 68% or higher. The certificate program has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) through CEWD (certificate issuer 1041).
Thank you to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and CEWD members for jointly funding the development of Energy Industry Fundamentals.